The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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‘Stop judging us’ / Kokopon founder on female entrepreneurs in Cambodia

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: January 7, 2019 | Business

In Cambodia, e-commerce businesses are among the most popular in the startup world. As local use of mobile wallets becomes more widespread, a new startup has come onto the market to allow locals to buy online via Facebook messenger — and be connected with hundreds of coupons at the same time, making their online shopping even more appealing than travelling to the store. Southeast Asia Globe talks to Sokneang N Nodzak, the founder of freshly-launched startup Kokopon, to discuss her business idea and her experience as a female entrepreneur in Cambodia

Sokneang N Nodzak says the name Kokopon derives from the word “pon”, meaning “coupon”, combined with the letter “K” for “Khmer”

Why do you think this business will be a success? What does it offer that is not already on offer in Cambodia?
I think this business will dramatically grow in the upcoming year, because it is offering Cambodians access to great deals on a wide range of products and services. Kokopon is the very first e-commerce platform in the Kingdom that allows customers to pay for online purchases through Facebook Messenger by using Pipay wallet. It is important to allow Cambodians to pay via Facebook Messenger, because a lot of online stores in the country offer their goods on Facebook, and now interested buyers can automatically pay for what they want rather than using an intermediary.

Your beta test recently launched, and you’ve had dozens of users already. Do you have plans to expand the concept in the near future?
We will definitely be looking for investors who are willing to join our company, and who are up for the challenge of actively working with us to overcome challenges. We are working so hard each day with our team to help reach our target, trying to get the word out to get as many users and as many local businesses on board as possible. We have dozens of partners already. Once we have expanded in Phnom Penh, we definitely plan to extend to the provinces, to help people outside of the city begin to use e-commerce for buying the goods they need.

You are a female entrepreneur in Cambodia. How did you get your start in the tech world?
Back when I used to work as a software developer in a Korean software company that was headquartered in Seoul. I can say that I have had a lot of experience working in a lot of tech businesses, and I’ve had wonderful mentors who have always supported me and guided me into the tech field and into entrepreneurship itself. Without them, I’d definitely get lost sometimes to be honest — but they have been such a comfort and are helping me expand Kokopon because they see great potential in it.

Can you identify some of the main challenges for female entrepreneurs in Cambodia?
As a woman entrepreneur in Cambodia, the challenge that I have faced so far is having to step out of my comfort zone and go out to tell people that we, as women, can do the same things as men. Stop judging us, stop thinking that women are always ending up as housewives after getting married. Women in the 21st century are so powerful and ambitious. Last but not least, I want to tell all women out there: do not give up your dream because you think you have the responsibility to take care of your family rather than find time for yourself. In order to build a better tomorrow, you need to be a role model for your children in the future as well.